Western Regional Event

Lick Observatory - Mt. Hamilton

San Jose

One couldn't ask for a better weather than what we've gotten on our First Sunday Drive in November. The Sun was shining and the wind was light, we had our top down on our convertibles as we drove up to a very winding road to the top of Mt. Hamilton, and looked through a panoramic view of the Bay Area. Our speed was slow to ensure that we give enough room for the cyclists who were struggling on getting up to the top, and watch-out for the speed skateboarders, whom were zooming down the hill on the other side of the road.We are becoming experts on the First Sunday Drives, that we carried our own table for signing ups, and folding chairs for anyone needed a rest before taking off.  18 Mercedes-Benz, 32 participants and 2 lovely dogs (with their own name badges) showed up to this fantastic, and lovely last First Sunday Drive of the year.   

Oktoberfest Festival

Redwood City

Oktoberfest at Harry's Hofbrau has been a tradition for the San Francisco Bay Area Section for the past 50 years. Sandor Drobilisch, who is our section's historian, remembers these events vividly. We really enjoyed seeing the members who we hadn't seen for almost two years due to the pandemic. We really appreciate Harry's Hofbrau for reserving the private lounge for us to enjoy the gathering privately and for serving us ice cream after the meal. Making the event more fun and interesting, we shook our tailfeathers to the beat on the Oktoberfest Chicken Dance Song and concentrated on not knocking off "The tower of Babylon" on the game of Jenga.

Village Grill
San Jose
4075 Evergreen Village Square #120
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As we are preparing for our Annual Holiday Banquet in early December, November First Sunday Drive will be our last one for this year! The destination for this drive will be the Lick Observatory on Mt. Hamilton. Our First Sunday Drives have been very successful and are well-known in the Bay Area.  The gathering places have turned into good size of Mercedes-Benz exhibitions. The schedule for the November First Sunday Drive will be a bit different this time to accommodate the comfort of the drive; we will be gathering at 9 in the morning, having coffee, no-host wholesome breakfast, and the admiration on our fine automobiles parked in the parking lot before heading up to Mt. Hamilton.  

Gathering place: Village Grill

Address: 4075 Evergreen Village Square #120, San Jose, CA 95135


9:00 - 10:45 AM - Coffee, breakfast and Mercedes-Benz

10:45 - 11:00 AM - Pre-Briefing

11:00 AM Start your engines


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Sonoma Raceway - Vintage Car Races for Speedway Children's Charity


The vintage car races event at the Sonoma Raceway organized by Classic Sports Racing Group was fantastic!  There was a total of 16 Mercedes-Benz showed up, including a 1957 300SL Convertible, which was an eye catcher at the corral.  Most of the SFBA members were the 1st timers, and Joel Camarda, our vintage car racing grur, guided us and answered all of our questions regarding the race and the Sonoma Raceway. Most of us had taken the advantage of the rides by signning up our favorite vintage race cars ranged from Lotus to Ford GT40 MK II. And at the same time, by knowingly that our gererous donation will help in support of the Speedway Children's Charities. Personally, I had signed up for the 1965 Louts Super 7, Mr. Robert S. Davis, the driver and the owner of this fine vintage race car. The ride was breathtaking, my whole body was glued to the back of the seat when he stepped on the gas pedal, I could feel the G Force at work on every turn at excessive speed. The downside of this exhilarating ride was that I wasn't able to have the same experience with my SLK "at full throttle" on the public road when heading back home, LOL!

October 2021 - First Sunday Drive - Burlingame to Sonoma Raceway


This was not a typical First Sunday Drive.  A few of us woke up at 6 o'clock in the morning, and gathered at Leann's Cafe in Burlingame, which opens 24 hours.  We had a nutricious breakfast before we headed out to Sonoma Raceway at 8 am sharp.  A caravan of Mercedes-Benz roammed through the streets of San Francisco and drove across the Golden Gate Bridge, and an AMG owner had to test his ferocious engine sounds while passing through the tunnels.

We arrived at the Sonoma Raceway just one minute to spare before 9 o'clock, and a few more members with their Mercedes-Benz were waiting for us at the gate. Our section members are very generous and had donated a large sum of amount to the Speedway Children's Charities, which the CSRG (Classic Sports Racing Group), gave us our own corral to park. The reason we needed to be at Sonoma Raceway at certain time was to make sure we had to option of signing up and selecting our favorite vintage cars to ride on. 

Harry's Hofbrau
Redwood City
1909 El Camino Real
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We will have our private lounge at Harry’s Hofbrau in Redwood City, no RSVP, no host dinner, and Bavarian attire is optional!

Good food, great beer, and socializing with fantastic SFBA members in a casual dining atomosphere....no need to say more!

Date: Saturday, October 23rd, 2021

Time: 5:00-8:00 PM

Private lounge at Harry's Hofbrau, see you there!

Address: 1909 El Camino Real, Redwood City, CA 94063


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Dodson's Backyard
1840 Wendy Way
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Please join the Sierra Nevada section of the MBCA for Oktoberfest on October 1, 2021.  There will be German food and drink provided.  This is a Free event for all members.  You must RSVP to Marcus Dodson.

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September 2021 First Sunday Drive - Camion Tassajara


Der 5. September war ein herrlicher Tag für die Mercedes-Fahrt, obwohl es etwas heiß war.  Since we are driving German Mercedes cars, I thought I would begin in German.  However, for those who are language challenged, here it is in English: “The 5th of September was a splendid day for the Mercedes drive, although it was rather hot.”  The drive was superbly organized by Philippe Do Carmo, who drove his magnificent 1967 250S Mercedes, similar to the one I once owned.  Forty persons and four dogs came in thirty automobiles, most of which were Mercedes, ranging from the 250 S to a C63S AMG Twin Turbo and lots in between including my CLK55 AMG.  Even so, we were joined by several non-Mercedes autos, which included a beautifully restored 1957 Ford Thunderbird, a couple of hot Corvettes, and, lo and behold, a Lamborghini Gallardo.  Philippe’s tour took us through Danville and the backcountry of the East Bay to Pleasanton over some very hilly and windy bucolic roads, before making a stop midpoint at Las Positas College for a group photo.  Fortunately, we were all provided with driving instructions complete with mileage.  This was very important as many of us were stopped by red lights on the way and the leaders were no longer visible.  From the college, we proceeded to Pleasanton where Philippe introduced us to an excellent Japanese restaurant for lunch and a marvelous patisserie for coffee and their special pastries afterward.  It was a fun day with great participation. -by David Meinhardt


Leann's Cafe
777 Airport Blvd
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First Sunday Drive – Burlingame to Sonoma Raceway

October 3rd, 2021

On Sunday, October 3rd, 2021.  We are leading a First Sunday Drive, which we will be gathering at Leann’s Café in Burlingame at 7:00AM.  Start the engines at 8:00AM.  Our destination will be Sonoma Raceway, and we will be driving through the Golden Gate Bridge.  Estimating the arrival time: 9:30AM at the Sonoma Raceway Corral.

First Sunday Drive - October 3rd, 2021

Gathering place: Leann’s Café

Address: 777 Airport Blvd., Burlingame, CA 94010 (650) 342-8248

Contact Person: John Goode (650) 215-3402 [email protected]

Time: 7:00 AM

Start the Engines: 8:00AM

Destination: Sonoma Raceway

If you’re interested in having your vehicle park at the Corral designated for the SFBA Mercedes-Benz Club at the Sonoma Raceway, and you'd like to donate to the Speedway Children’s Charities and the SFBA Club fund, please click here to register at the MotorsportReg.

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Sonoma Raceway
29355 Arnold Drive
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Sonoma Raceway

CSRG Charity Challenge

Vintage Car Races

Sunday, October 3, 2021

Location: 29355 Arnold Drive, Sonoma, CA 95476

Date: Saturday, October 2nd (individual participation) – Sunday, October 3rd, 2021 (SFBA Group)

Time: 9:00AM – 5:00PM

Registration Fee* $20 per vehicle – Click here to register at MotorsportReg

*Spectators are fee. This is a charity event, and a portion of the registration fee will be donating to the Speedway Children’s Charities. Registered vehicles will be parking at a Corral exclusively for SFBA Mercedes-Benz Club. If you’d like to participate in both days, there will not be a Corral setup for SFBA Mercedes-Benz Club on Saturday, October 2nd, 2021.

Our SFBA member, Joel Camarda will be our Private Racetrack Guide on Sunday to answer any questions you may have regarding the Sonoma Raceway and the Vintage Car racing history.

Joel Camarda – (415) 290-6374 [email protected]


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